In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
"Logan" may be looked at as a superhero movie, but at its core, it is really more of a human-centric story revolving around the grumpy, pessimistic figure that has arguably been the face of the X-Men franchise every since its conception. I mean, for fuck's sake, I know a lot of kids who used to call him "X-Men" back then. Basically, the movie is just a totally different watching experience from your typical comic book flicks, much less other superhero films. It is a somewhat emotional, depressing, but most importantly, satisfying conclusion to a character who has been a solid stable for nearly the last two decades now.
The movie is set in a time in the near future where Logan or Wolverine is in quite a vulnerable and weak state. His immortality seemingly dwindling away as he cares for a very weakened, and ill Charles Xavier in a desolate building in the middle of the dessert somewhere in Mexico. He now works as a limo driver and barely makes enough to buy pills to aid Xavier's condition and not cause harm towards those around him by preventing his episodes. Everything then goes to the shitter and flips upside down when a new young mutant shows up and joins them. Now I won't be going into further detail as to avoid spoilers, but the story pretty much revolves around running away from things in order to find safety and salvation, which not only applies literally, but in terms of our characters and each of their own personal battles.
"Logan" happens to be very thoughtful and very violent. A mix that you wouldn't think would go well together for a movie like this, but actually goes along pretty well and makes it quite a memorable film. At its very core, it reflects upon the humanity within the characters and not whatever powers they have. Their varying relationship and bonds with one another, and how it changes or develops as they go through the difficult challenges during the film's duration. It is very much a dark film, and absolutely does not hold back. In a way how Game of Thrones is pretty much, where it really seems like anyone can die at any given time. And with its R-rating which I was really happy with considering the character of Wolverine fits more into that category, you can expect some satisfying action in brutal, and primal level. And of course, with some fantastic performances by its actors, particularly the three you spend the most time with, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and the young Dafne Keen. Overall, "Logan" may be the swan song of not only a franchise, but also an era, but it happens to somehow establish a new standard for the future and whatever the brand and its genre will have in store. Personally, I hope Fox just starts churning out high-quality R-rated comic book movies like this one, and Deadpool. I would very much love that. Definitely watch this if you are of age, or have the stomach for somewhat-gory films. A solid recommendation for me.
Personal rating: 9/10
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